Nelson Zweigelt (Sylvia) 2011
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: 13 April 2011
pH of Wine: 3.67
T.A of Wine: 5.4g/L
Our Brightwater vineyard is situated 15 km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. The “soil” is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun and for ripening the Zweigelt grapes.
"Sylvia", as this wine is affectionality known, is made from Zweigelt, a grape variety originating from Hermann’s homeland of Austria. The Zweigelt vines were twelve years old when the fruit for the 2011 Sylvia was picked ~ full round berries and bunches, with rich purple skin and intense fruit flavours. The grapes were de-stemmed and fermented on their skins and hand plunged three times a day. Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed from the skins and transferred to a mixture of new and three year old French oak barriques. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and remained in barrel for eight months. The wine was racked from the barrel in December 2009 and bottled in January 2012.
The 2011 Zweigelt has succulent bright berry fruit on the nose with a brambly oak background. Palate has generous entry with ripe juicy omega plum and summer berry fruits. A fine tannin backbone supports the fruit and defines the palate and length.
Bottle Size: 750ml